RMPBS Partner with Creative Team from Colorado Springs Conservatory

We are thrilled to share some exciting news from Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS) in partnership with Linda Weise, founding CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, and several alumni and mentors from this world-class performing arts school.

Simple Gift Series, which is produced entirely in Colorado Springs, will be aired statewide on RMPBS beginning on August 16 at 6 am. \ The premiere is positioned between two legendary PBS programs, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George.

Linda Weise Linette Weise Simple Gift Series

The Simple Gift Series is a humanities-based, early childhood program that combines literacy, music, movement and language. These thirteen episodes are a response to issues of access to quality learning and social emotional standards during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine, particularly for children ages birth to seven years.

This partnership was created out of the presence of RMPBS’ Colorado Springs Regional Innovation Center and its connection with amazing community partners like the Colorado Springs Conservatory. When Carrie McKee, VP of Statewide Innovation Centers at RMPBS and Linda Weise met to discuss opportunities in working together, the idea of creating full-blown programming came to mind and eventually became a reality.

With support already existing for the Colorado Springs Conservatory by incredible partners, including Ent Credit Union, Children’s Hospital of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and CPCD/ Head Start, this team of creatives – who found themselves back in Colorado due to the pandemic – sprang into action producing and bringing to life lessons, characters, “Curiosity Corners” and sing-along books, much of which are part of the award-winning early childhood programming at the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

The team of creatives and educators is made up of: Drew Fountain, Tripp Fountain, Ian Gregory, Linette Weise, Roan Perschke, Christina Wells, and Linda Weise. “This is the right group of individuals at the right time who are all invested in the commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ in providing access to what they believe and know is quality programming. They have gone above and beyond in these extraordinary times,” said Linda Weise. 

Linda Weise Marty the Music Man

In addition to airing on Sunday mornings at 6 am starting August 16, families in the Pikes Peak region will have a chance to see a teaser of the series during the upcoming socially-distanced PBS KIDS Club Drive-In Event at the Broadmoor World Arena on August 28th hosted by Emory Collinson, who is the new Southern Colorado Regional Director with RMPBS. The series will also be a part of a much larger effort to meet the needs of young students and their families this coming semester with RMPBS’ Colorado Classroom: Learn With Me at Home. More information to follow about this initiative in the near future.

For RMPBS, programs like this, combined with existing quality content, digital stories and numerous resources available online at rmpbs.org, continues to align the organization with its mission of ensuring that all Coloradoans are seen and heard.

To set up a media interview about the Simple Gift Series on RMPBS, please contact Lisa Zetah, Rocky Mountain Public Media Director of Marketing/PR [email protected] , 303.717.1936

To simply learn more about this series or these entities, please contact:

  • Linda Weise, founding CEO of Colorado Springs Conservatory, [email protected], 719.200.4463
  • Carrie McKee, Rocky Mountain PBS, Vice President of Statewide Regional Innovation Centers [email protected], 719.330.6502
  • Emory Collinson, Rocky Mountain PBS, Southern Colorado Regional Director [email protected], 719.321.7719

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